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This Spike Lee and Spike Jonze executive produced drama tackles one of the darkest issues of our time - radicalization - in an unmissable story of cultural and intergenerational trauma on the outskirts of Paris.

 

Synopsis

Who was Hasna Aït Boulahcen? After the November 2015 Paris bombings, she was labelled “Europe’s first female suicide bomber.” Journalists swarmed around her story, trying to extract details about the mysterious young woman who lived on the outskirts of Paris. In this drama, executive-produced by Spike Lee, Spike Jonze, Riz Ahmed and Alma Har’el, director Dina Amer pieces together Hasna’s story from over 300 hours of interviews, from a little girl protecting her younger sister from an abusive home to a young woman who finds herself trying her best to survive on the streets. This nuanced drama shows what happens when society fails to protect a child, and how discrimination, poverty, and abuse facing young people can allow radicalisation to plant roots and grow, with devastating impact on the wider community.  

“A very compelling depiction of how radicalisation happens.”  

—Sara Kayyali, Syria Researcher, Human Rights Watch 

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“The film is an invitation to look before and behind the headlines, not for absolute truths or permanent answers, but an insistence on lifting the veils and beginning the conversations that conceal our shared humanity.” 

—Dina Amer, Director, You Resemble Me 

Credits

Dina Amer

Director

Dina Amer is an award-winning filmmaker and journalist. She helped produce the Oscar nominated and Emmy award-winning documentary THE SQUARE, where the Egyptian Revolution was chronicled from the frontlines. Growing up between the US and Egypt, her work has focused on sharing nuanced, human stories with a global audience. Previous to her film work, Dina was a celebrated journalist. She was an on-air correspondent for VICE, including THE BLACK MARKET Series, where she uncovered the human trafficking of Syrian refugees and explored the underground economy of illegal Egypt-Gaza tunnels. Her written work has been published in The New York Times, CNN and the Huffington Post. YOU RESEMBLE ME is her directorial debut.

Elizabeth Woodward

Producer

Elizabeth Woodward is a filmmaker from New York City and founder of Willa Productions. Her films have premiered at Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, AFI Fest and Sheffield Doc Fest and have been supported by Sundance Institute, Tribeca Institute, Chicken and Egg, Film Independent, Impact Partners, Artemis Rising, Field of Vision, Level Forward, The Gotham, Perspective Fund, Berkeley Film Fund, Quiet, and the New York Foundation for the Arts, among others. She was selected for Forbes 30 Under 30, DOC NYC 40 Under 40, Berlinale Talents, and the Impact Partners Producers Fellowship, and is a member of the Television Academy, the Documentary Producers Alliance, the Frontline Club, and the Young Professionals Group at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Current projects include ANOTHER BODY which received the IDA Enterprise Grant and participated in Sundance Catalyst, an UNTITLED documentary which also participated in Sundance Catalyst and is supported by Impact Partners, and a short animated documentary for ITVS. Recent projects include ON THE DIVIDE a feature documentary about a community in South Texas divided over the last abortion clinic on the US/Mexico border directed by Maya Cueva and Leah Galant (Tribeca Film Festival 2021, POV PBS’s award-winning documentary showcase) and YOU RESEMBLE ME a narrative drama directed by Dina Amer (Venice Film Festival 2021, Executive Produced by Spike Lee, Riz Ahmed, Spike Jonze and Alma Har’el). Past projects include Netflix’s THE GREAT HACK (2019 Academy Award shortlist, Primetime Emmy nominee, BAFTA nominee, IDA nominee, Cinema Eye winner, Sundance premiere) directed by Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, about the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal; HBO’s Sunday night prime time documentary series THE VOW: A NXIVM STORY which the New York Times called one of the Best TV shows of 2020; AFTERWARD (Executive Produced by Abigail E. Disney, distributed by 1091), PBS American Masters’ BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY (Tribeca Film Festival 2017, streaming on Netflix); BBC’s BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK; Netflix’s DIRTY MONEY; Doc World’s ARMED WITH FAITH (2019 Emmy winner); PERSUASION MACHINES, a VR experience (Sundance New Frontier 2020) narrated by will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas; and CNN’s Special Reports for Fareed Zakaria.

Elizabeth graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa (academic honor society) from Brown University and received a Masters in Philosophy with Distinction from the University of Cambridge. She was Executive Director of Ivy Film Festival, the largest student film festival in the world. Elizabeth grew up in New York City, Paris, and Switzerland. She speaks French and Italian.

Karim Amer

Producer

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